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KIPTOPEKE STATE PARK, VA

Photo: KIPTOPEKE STATE PARK
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Description

Located on the eastern shore of Virginia, this park offers recreational access to the Chesapeake Bay and the chance to explore a unique coastal habitat featuring a major flyway for migratory birds.

Kiptopeke Birding Areas: Since 1963, Kiptopeke has been the site of bird population studies. Sponsored by the Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory, formerly known as Kestrel, and licensed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, volunteers capture, examine, weigh, band and release resident and migratory birds in Aug. 15 to Nov. 20 of each year. In the raptor research area, hawks, kestrels, osprey and other birds of prey are observed and banded from September through November. Kiptopeke's hawk observatory is among the top 15 nationwide.

Size: 536 acres.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • 20 Amp Service
  • 30 Amp Service
  • 50 Amp Service
  • Beach Area
  • Boat Launch
  • Camp Store
  • Camping
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing
  • Fishing - Saltwater
  • Fishing Pier
  • Gift/Souvenir Shop
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking Trail
  • Information Center
  • Laundry
  • Motorboats Permitted
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Picnicking
  • Pier Fishing Pass
  • Playground
  • Programs
  • Restrooms
  • Showers - Hot
  • Swimming - Beach
  • Swimming - Unguarded
  • Trails, Bicycle
Alerts and Important Information

There is a per night per pet fee for cats and dogs in all cabins and lodges (pets are not allowed in the Kiptopeke yurt). Customers making reservations via the web are responsible for visiting the park office to pay all applicable pet fees. Customers may also call the reservation center at 800-933-7275 to pay the pet fees in advance.

Notice for Campers:

LEAVE YOUR FIREWOOD AT HOME!!

One of the most important things we can do to protect Virginia's trees and forest diversity is stop moving firewood. New infestations of tree-killing insects and diseases are often first found in campgrounds and parks. Why? Because people have accidently spread invasive species when they brought firewood along with them. In Virginia, there are numerous counties under quarantines, issued by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, due to an invasive insect pest or disease. These quarantines restrict the movement of firewood or wood by products from certain tree species. Moving firewood in violation of a quarantine is a class 1 misdemeanor and upon conviction, you could be subject to; confinement in jail for up to twelve months and a fine of $2,500.00 or both. For more information on areas under quarantine, go to http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/news/releases-a/062212eabexpand.shtml

PLAY IT SAFE - LEAVE YOUR FIREWOOD AT HOME!!

Getting There:

Kiptopeke is three miles from the northern terminus of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, which has a substantial each way toll charge, on Route 13. Turn west on Route 704; the park entrance is within a half mile. Kiptopeke State Park, 3540 Kiptopeke Drive, Cape Charles, VA 23310; Phone: (757) 331-2267

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

KIPTOPEKE STATE PARK
3540 KIPTOPEKE DRIVE
CAPE CHARLES VA 23310

Phone Number:

Information: (757)331-2267

Special Events:

    The events listed here are not intended to be an all inclusive list. Please contact the park for further details.

  • Pursuant to Code of Virginia, no fire of any sort is permitted, including charcoal, between February 15 and April 30, except between the hours of 4PM to midnight. This includes campgrounds and picnic area / cabin grills. Camping stoves that are self-contained are permitted (ex. Coleman Stove). from Feb 15 2010 to Apr 30 2010